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Bindi Irwin

Bindi in September 2007
Born Bindi Sue Irwin
24 July 1998 (1998-07-24) (age 11)
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actress
Television presenter
Parents Steve Irwin
Terri Irwin

Bindi Sue Irwin (born 24 July 1998 in Nambour, Queensland, Australia) is the daughter of Terri Irwin and Steve Irwin. Bindi is a child celebrity, who has tried her hand at acting, singing, dancing, and rapping. She espouses the same conservationist philosophy as her parents.

Her first name comes from the name of her father's favourite female crocodile at the Australia Zoo, and her middle name is from the family's dog Sui, Sue; in addition, Bindi is an Australian Aboriginal word that means little girl according to her father.[1][2][3]

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Career

Irwin is the presenter of a 26-part wildlife documentary kids show called Bindi the Jungle Girl, a production of the Discovery Kids television network.[4][5][6] Production of the show had been put on hold for a year.[7] The series premiered in June 2007 on Discovery Kids. She also hosted a special about her father called My Daddy the Crocodile Hunter.[8] and also starred in a child fitness DVD in which she sings and dances with a group called Bindi Kidfitness. She made a hip-hop album called Trouble In The Jungle. Bindi and The Crocmen sang "Trouble In The Jungle" on The Today Show in November 2007. Bindi is currently learning how to play the piano.[9][10]

Bindi and Terri in Edwards USAFB to film a segment for Bindi the Jungle Girl.

Additionally, she has appeared regularly in her father's television shows, including The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, and also appeared in the 2002 film The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari in a credited cast role.[11] She began appearing on television shows as a public figure as early as age two.[12]

In September 2006, at age 8, Bindi Irwin appeared on the cover of the Australian magazine New Idea, the youngest person to have done so in the magazine's 104-year history.[13]

In early January 2007, she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. At that time, she was also scheduled for appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and in attendance with Russell Crowe at a major dinner. She was promoting her new video, Bindi Kidfitness, and fulfilling her role as a newly-appointed "tourism ambassador" for Australia.[14]

Irwin appeared on Larry King Live on 11 January 2007. She said that creative writing was her favourite subject and math is her least favourite. She also said that she enjoys being homeschooled because she and her teachers were such good friends.

Posing for the TV camera

At the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards, Irwin presented the award for "Favorite Male Singer", with help from George Lopez and Tyler James Williams, which was won by Justin Timberlake. She also presented at the TV Week Logies Awards 2007, with help from Glenn Robbins for 'Most Outstanding Children's Show' which was won by The Upside Down Show.[15 ]

In 2008 Irwin won a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. At age nine, she became the youngest performer ever to win a Daytime Emmy, beating the previous record held by Camryn Grimes, who won a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series at age ten for The Young and the Restless.

On 26th December 2009 Bindi appeared live on stage at Australia Zoo with new backing singers / dancers The Jungle Girls.

Bindi commits 10% of her wage to Wildlife Warriors, the charity founded by her family in 2002.[16] She is set to star as "Kirra" in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.[17]

After Steve Irwin's death

Bindi's father, Steve Irwin, was killed by a stingray on 4 September 2006 while setting up to shoot ocean reef footage for a show that would include segments with Bindi, because weather prevented him from filming footage for a different show.[18][19] It has been reported by various international media that Bindi will continue her late father's conservation and television work.[20] Steve Irwin had previously made it clear that he supported Bindi's rise to fame, claiming "I just want to be co-star to my daughter"[21]. Her family will continue the show by going on a tour in America, stopping at Los Angeles and New York. She is also starring as Kirra in "Free Willy", which is due to be released in 2010.

Statement at Steve Irwin's memorial service

In front of a crowd of 5000 and a worldwide television audience of more than 300 million viewers,[22] Bindi read the following statement at her father's public memorial service on the 20th of September, 2006:[23]

My daddy was my hero – he was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things, but most of all he was fun.

I know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did. He built a hospital to help animals and he bought lots of land to give animals a safe place to live.

He took me and my brother and my mum with him all the time. We filmed together, caught crocodiles together and loved being in the bush together.

I don't want Daddy's passion to ever end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.

I had the best daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day. When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals. Daddy made this place his whole life, now it's our turn to help Daddy.

Bindi's speech received a standing ovation and was voted the television moment of the year, as chosen by readers of the Australia TV Week Reader Poll 2006. Bindi's speech received 43 percent of the votes from the poll.[24]

Terri Irwin stated that, apart from some assistance with typing, Bindi had written the speech herself.[10]

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/children/bindi/interview.htm
  2. ^ http://www.celebritybabies.info/index.php/2007/01/12/celebrity-bios-f-j/
  3. ^ http://www.shamozzle.com/InsideEditionSpecialBindiSue&DadSteveIrwin.html
  4. ^ Cowning, Emma (2006-09-05). "I have no fear of losing my life.". Scotsman.com. http://living.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1307902006.  
  5. ^ "Bindi to fill her dad's big shoes". Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-09-10. http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/bindi-to-fill-her-dads-big-shoes/2006/09/09/1157222376404.html.  
  6. ^ Clark, Laine (2006-09-04). "Daughter destined to follow in Irwin's footsteps". http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,,20351375-5005961,00.html.  
  7. ^ "Bindi Irwin Nature Series on Hold for a Year". Reuters. 2006-10-20. http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SYD203498.htm.  
  8. ^ "Bindi Irwin to make US TV debut". The Sunday Times. 2007-03-29. http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,21467635-5005382,00.html.  
  9. ^ Maddison (2006-10-16). "Steve Irwin's Daughter Bindi Filming Own Show". Time Incorporated. http://people.aol.com/people/article/0,26334,1546416,00.html. Retrieved 2006-10-16.  
  10. ^ a b "Terri Irwin '20/20' interview transcript excerpts". USA Today, division of Gannett Corporation Incorporated. 2006-09-27. http://www.usatoday.com/life/2006-09-26-terri-irwin-transcript_x.htm.  
  11. ^ The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Green, Glenis (2006-09-09). "Mantle passes to Bindi". Courier Mail. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,,20377536-952,00.html.  
  13. ^ "Bindi set for stardom". Entertainment (Sydney Morning Herald). 2006-09-26. http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/bindi-set-for-stardom/2006/09/26/1159036536136.html. Retrieved 2006-09-28.  
  14. ^ Masters, Kim (2007-01-12). "Say It Ain't So, Dakota!: Paging Jodie Foster". Newsweek Interactive Corporation, LLC. http://www.slate.com/id/2155910/. Retrieved 2007-01-18.  
  15. ^ "Most Outstanding Children's Show". Ninemsn Pty Ltd.. http://tvweek.ninemsn.com.au/section.aspx?sectionid=1923&sectionname=logies&subsectionid=9488&subsectionname=2007nominees. Retrieved 2007-05-26.  
  16. ^ Lehmann, Megan (2007-07-10). "Million dollar baby". The Bulletin: pp. 30–35. http://bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=276659. Retrieved 2008-01-10.  
  17. ^ McWhirter, Erin (March 10, 2009). "Bindi Irwin stars in Free Willy: South Africa on DVD". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25166057-5006013,00.html.  
  18. ^ AJR (2006-09-23). "Steve Irwin's paid tribute from his family and friends". Pattaya Daily News. http://www.pattayadailynews.com/shownews.php?IDNEWS=0000001387.  
  19. ^ Oliveira, Maira (2006-09-15). "Bindi Irwin To Continue Father's Extraordinary Wildlife Efforts,". AHN Media Corporation. http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004870142.  
  20. ^ "Steve Irwin's daughter to swim with stingray that killed him". Daily Mail, Associated Newspaper Limited.. 2006-09-15. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=405303&in_page_id=1773.  
  21. ^ "Steve knew Bindi would be a star". Queensland Newspapers. 2006-05-26. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,20479123-952,00.html.  
  22. ^ Passa, Dennis (2006-09-19). "Irwin Remembered For His 'Zest for Life".". Forbes magazine. http://www.forbes.com/business/manufacturing/feeds/ap/2006/09/19/ap3029795.html.  
  23. ^ Chesterton, Ray (2006-09-20). "My daddy was my hero". News Limited. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,20448393-5009080,00.html. Retrieved 2007-05-26.  
  24. ^ "Bindi tops TV poll". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-12-18. http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv--radio/bindi-tops-tv-poll/2006/12/18/1166290447686.html.  

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